Direct access to physical therapy!
by jessicag, March 30, 2018
Do you have a musculoskeletal injury or pain, posture or balance problem? All of these can restrain your recreational activities or affect your everyday routine. It is likely a visit to your physician will result in a referral to physical therapy.
Many don’t know that in the state of California consumers have direct access to physical therapy. This means that you can see a physical therapist without a referral from the doctor.
Direct access to a physical therapist can not only jump-start your recovery but also save you time and money. Recent studies demonstrated that direct access physical therapy services can result in decreased total number of PT visits when compared to a traditional physician referral (7.6 average total PT visits using direct access compared with 12.2 using physician referral (1). Direct access can also result in decreased overall cost for you. The study found that the total cost of care for direct access patients was 56% less than the traditional total cost of care (2).
How to get started:
Call the front desk at Burch Physical Therapy, schedule an appointment and tell the front desk you would like to come to physical therapy via direct access. Your first appointment will be just like it would be if you had a physician referral. The therapist will evaluate you and determine if you could benefit from PT services. If we determine that you need to see an MD first, you can go to a doctor of your choice. All services are covered by most insurances.
Don’t let a nagging injury hold you back from doing things you like to do! Contact Burch Physical Therapy to start the road to recovery and get back on your feet again. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!
1: A Comparison of Resource Use and Cost in Direct Physical Therapy Access Versus Physician Referral Episodes of Physical Therapy Jean M Mitchell and Gregory de Lissovoy 1997; 77:10-18. PHYS THER
2: Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Volume 48, Number 2, Feb 2018